Cass Co. K-9 unit helps to catch suspects (follow-up to earlier story)


July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County K-9 unit was involved in the apprehension early this morning of two suspects in northern Pottawattamie County. Pott County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Richie told KJAN News the incident began at around 2:36-a.m. near Neola, as Deputy John Kirlin, who was on routine patrol, was traveling south on Railroad Highway.

The deputy observed two vehicles traveling northbound. After he turned around to catch up with the vehicles, both vehicles began to speed up. One car made a turn onto 6th Street in Neola, the other turned onto 5th Street. The 1st car turned around and back onto Railroad Hwy before traveling onto 5th street. Both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his cruiser’s lights and sirens.

Deputy Kirlin then began to record the incident on his in-car camera. He was able to follow the taillights of one of the vehicle onto 290th Street and continued the pursuit at speeds in excess of 77-miles per hour on the gravel road.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of York Road and Tustin Avenue, where Kirlin found a red, 2009 Chevy Cobalt in the north ditch. The vehicle was unoccupied, and the rear passenger door left open. The car’s engine was also running and beginning to overheat. The deputy shut the vehicle off and was assisted in the search for the occupants by two more deputies, a State Trooper and a Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy and Cass County K-9 officer Kyle Quist and his partner “Kane.”

Authorities determined three suspects ran from the vehicle. Two suspects, a male and a female, both 18-years of age, were located by the K-9 unit hiding in a tree line. They were identified as Caitlyn Ozee and Patrick Eggerling. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 35-year old Scott Hall, of Council Bluffs. Hall reportedly told the pair to “run,” but they soon reconsidered their options. Richie says they were warned by Deputy Quist to come out or the dog would be sent after them, they decided to comply.

The pair were charged with Interference with Official Acts. During question, Eggerling told officials why Hall took-off from the deputy. He said it was because Hall didn’t have a Driver’s License. Hall remains at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.